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The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the Africa Trade Week 2016. Africa Trade Week 2016 is a new Pan- African platform for advancing intra-Africa trade dialogue among mutli-stakeholders. The main objective of the Africa Trade Week is to provide a comprehensive, integrated and inclusive platform for policy dialogue between various trade-related constituencies.
Minister Davies will participate in three panel sessions relating to the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the continental integration agenda as espoused in the African Union's Agenda 2063.
Minister Davies will also attend the African Union's Ministers of Trade meeting where Ministers will consider the progress of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Negotiations. The Continental Free Trade Area Negotiations was launched by African Union Heads of States and Government during the African Union Assembly held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 15 June 2015. The CFTA aims to boost intra-Africa trade and to build an integrated Africa of 1billion people and GDP of approximately 2.6 trillion US dollars
The Minister will also engage on key international trade issues such as the World Trade Organisation, Africa Growth Opportunity Act, Economic Partnership Agreement, and the implications of the Brixit, as well as international Investment landscape.
On the sidelines of the Africa Trade Week 2016 meeting, Minister Davies will meet the Ministers of Trade of Kenya, Egypt, and Nigeria to discuss the enhancement of cooperation and advancing regional economic integration in Africa.
Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.